• The University of Western Australia (M250), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Mr Nishant Agarwal is currently a Lecturer of Accounting in the Accounting and Finance discipline of the UWA Business School. Nishant completed his doctoral studies in Accounting in June 2018 from the Indian School of Business (ISB), India. His other qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in engineering and MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, a business school that ranks among the top 3 in India. Before his PhD, Nishant was teaching at India’s largest private university (Amity University) as an Assistant Professor in Finance and Accounting. He also has 9 years of industry experience in a variety of areas such as risk management and strategy among others.

Nishant has published papers in A* and A journals such as the Euopean Accounting Review (EAR) and Pacific Basin Finance Journal, and has papers under review at journals such as Accounting, Organizations, and Society (AOS), EAR etc.

Research Interests: Nishant's research focusses on both management accounting and financial accounting. Within management accounting, the key area of interest is cost behavior, with the focus on both the determinants of and the capital market consequences of cost behavior. Within financial accounting, Nishant's focus is on textual disclosures and their influence on information environment of the firm.

Current projects

2023, "Data Breach Notification Laws and Cost of Debt", with Shweta Agarwal (ISB), M.V. Shivaani (U.T. Dallas), and Abdul Khizer (University of Toronto)

2023, "Cost Decision of Supplier Firms: Evidence from Customer-Supplier Link", with Shweta Agarwal (ISB)

2023, "Analyst forecast accuracy during COVID-19: Does prior epidemic experience matter?", with Amna Chalwati (Saint Mary's University, Canada)

2021, "Information Environment and Cost Behavior", with Mani Sethuraman (Cornell University) and Abdul Khizer (Indian School of Business)

2021, "Cost Asymmetry and Linguistic Complexity of Annual Reports", with Sanjay Kallapur (Indian School of Business) and Abdul Khizer (Indian School of Business)

2020, “Cost Behaviour under Demand and Price Uncertainties”, with Sanjay Kallapur (Indian
School of Business) and Abdul Khizer (Indian School of Business)


Industrial relevance

Amity University - Assistant Professor Finance and Accounting, 2011-2013, India

American Express - Manager, Risk Modeling, 2007-2011, India

Unitech Developers -  Manager, Strategy, 2006-2007, India 

Tata Consultancy Services -  Software Engineer, 2002-2004, India

Funding overview

2018, Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) Incubator Grant

2019, AFAANZ ECR Grant

Education/Academic qualification

Accounting, Fellow in Management (doctoral qualification, equivalent to PhD), Indian School of Business

Award Date: 14 Jun 2018


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